Police identify lifegard who drowned in YMCA pool

- A lifeguard drowned in a pool at the Lincoln County YMCA early Thursday morning, according to the Lincolnton Police Department.

The victim has been identified as Yesenia Jimenez Linares, 21. 

Officers said around 6:45 a.m. Thursday, April 6 they were initially called to the YMCA located at 1402 Gaston Street after a 21-year-old woman employee went missing.

The employee was found unresponsive in the pool and taken to Carolinas Healthcare System in Lincolnton, according to police. She was unable to be revived.

The lifeguard's coworkers tried to revive her when they found her in the pool, according to a YMCA spokesperson. The YMCA said all staff is trained in CPR.

Police said Linares had arrived for work at 5:10 a.m. Thursday and a staff member became concerned when they noticed the pool was still locked. When staff was unable to located her, they called police. 

"It's a very difficult day for our staff here today. They lost not just a coworker, but a friend who they admired and adored," YMCA Spokesperson Molly Thompson said. 

The 911 calls were released on Thursday: 

Dispatch: Is she breathing at all? 

Caller: She's doing CPR

Dispatch: She is doing CPR? Stay on the line. Help is on the way

Dispatch: Is it going to be the lifeguard that was just called about  missing? You couldn't find her? 

Caller: Yes, yes 

Dispatch: OK. We do have everybody on the way just keep pumping her chest hard and fast until we get help there

There is no evidence to indicate foul play is involved, police said. 

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